UMWA http://wkms.org en Peabody Moves to End Obligations to UMWA Retirees http://wkms.org/post/peabody-moves-end-obligations-umwa-retirees <p>Peabody Energy Corp. wants a bankruptcy court to confirm that it can terminate its obligation to fund Patriot Coal’s retiree health care benefits.</p><p>Peabody is one of the largest private sector coal companies in the world and one of its many spin-offs is Patriot, which operates two mines in Union and Henderson counties.</p><p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 21:15:26 +0000 John Null 34945 at http://wkms.org Peabody Moves to End Obligations to UMWA Retirees Judge OKs Patriot Coal, Miners' Union Deal http://wkms.org/post/judge-oks-patriot-coal-miners-union-deal <p>Patriot Coal has a bankruptcy judge's go-ahead to enter into a new labor agreement with the nation's biggest miners' union, ending a long, acrimonious dispute.</p><p>U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kathy Surratt-States on Tuesday granted St. Louis-based Patriot's request to put in place the collective bargaining deal ratified Friday by the United Mine Workers of America.</p><p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 20:04:36 +0000 John Null & The Associated Press 34162 at http://wkms.org Judge OKs Patriot Coal, Miners' Union Deal Patriot, Union Exchange Jabs Over Bankruptcy http://wkms.org/post/patriot-union-exchange-jabs-over-bankruptcy <p></p><p>Prospects of a mine workers' strike involving Patriot Coal are intensifying after <a href="http://wkms.org/post/judge-sides-patriot-coal-miners-plan-protests">a bankruptcy judge signed off on the company's push to abandon its labor agreement</a> with the United Mine Workers of America.</p><p>Patriot operates two mines in Union and Henderson counties in Kentucky.</p><p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 17:23:43 +0000 John Null & The Associated Press 32041 at http://wkms.org Patriot, Union Exchange Jabs Over Bankruptcy Crowd Expected at Henderson UMWA Rally http://wkms.org/post/crowd-expected-henderson-umwa-rally <p></p><p>The United Mine Workers of America will stage a protest in Henderson Tuesday over Patriot Coal’s move to end its contract and reduce wages and benefits for active union members.</p><p>The UMWA will bring more than 30 busloads of supporters from around the Midwest and Appalachia to the Henderson County Courthouse in western Kentucky. <a href="http://wkms.org/post/judge-sides-patriot-coal-miners-plan-protests">A ruling by a federal bankruptcy judge last week</a> authorized Patriot to make a variety of financial moves during reorganization.</p><p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 22:07:34 +0000 John Null & The Associated Press 31855 at http://wkms.org Crowd Expected at Henderson UMWA Rally Judge Sides with Patriot Coal, Miners Plan Protests http://wkms.org/post/judge-sides-patriot-coal-miners-plan-protests <p></p><p>The United Mine Workers of America plan to appeal a court ruling that will significantly cut health care and pension benefits to thousands of workers and retirees, including many in Kentucky.</p><p>On Wednesday, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kathy Surratt-States approved Peabody Energy Corp. spin-off Patriot Coal’s request to impose wage and benefit cuts by throwing out its collective bargaining agreements with the UMW. Union spokesman Phil Smith says the battle is far from over, however.</p><p> Thu, 30 May 2013 22:18:57 +0000 John Null & The Associated Press 31827 at http://wkms.org Judge Sides with Patriot Coal, Miners Plan Protests Western Kentucky Coal Miners Could Lose Benefits in Bankruptcy Case http://wkms.org/post/western-kentucky-coal-miners-could-lose-benefits-bankruptcy-case <p></p><p>A pending federal bankruptcy court decision could affect thousands of Kentucky mine worker benefits.</p><p>Patriot Coal Corporation, which operates two mines in Union and Henderson counties, wants to modify their collective bargaining agreements with the United Mine Workers Association. Patriot will replace all health care benefits for retirees with a Voluntary Employee Benefit Association trust. Patriot doesn't plan to replace the health insurance program for current employees.</p><p> Wed, 08 May 2013 17:54:10 +0000 John Null 31568 at http://wkms.org Western Kentucky Coal Miners Could Lose Benefits in Bankruptcy Case UMWA Protests Potential Loss of Health Benefits http://wkms.org/post/umwa-protests-potential-loss-health-benefits <p></p><p></p><p>Members of the United Mine Workers of America and other unions rallied&nbsp; in St. Louis today. Hundreds of United Mine Workers and supports marched through the streets of St. Louis today as part of a rally in front of the corporate headquarters of Peabody Energy. Miners are protesting the potential loss of health benefits. Wed, 13 Feb 2013 21:34:30 +0000 Jeff Williams 28037 at http://wkms.org UMWA Protests Potential Loss of Health Benefits